“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit, and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6, HCSB
It is imperative to note that, despite severe persecution during this time, the church in Thessalonica received the gospel with “joy from the Holy Spirit”. This was a direct result of the gospel coming to them in all of the dimensions required by God: in word, in power, in the Holy Spirit, with much assurance, and with the consistency of a holy life.
In essence, this becomes a model for us to follow in order to effectively proclaim the gospel to a sinful world, even in the midst of severe persecution. If any one of these elements is missing, the power of the gospel is misinterpreted and misrepresented. In addition, the effective preaching of the gospel must be empowered by the Holy Spirit and rooted in an unwavering assurance of its veracity in the heart and mind of the preacher.